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Fitting In and Friendship

This past week saw me scurrying to Library Board of Trustee meetings, Levy Committee meetings, a 50th wedding anniversary, and a family reunion in between the normal home school activities. And while each event was enjoyable, I look fondly at this weeks calendar and rejoice that it is relatively empty.

That will leave lots of time to read and write. And speaking of reading, this week I read to great picture books.

First I read Little Yellow Truck which was a colorful story about fitting in. I love the way the author uses anthropomorphic characters instead of children. I equally love the way the illustrator brings each truck to life and gives them personality. And if you didn't already guess from the title, Little Yellow Truck is smaller, younger, and less experienced than the other trucks that are working on the new playground project. Despite this, Little Yellow Truck desperately wants to help, and just when he's about to give up all hope of being able to contribute, he's given an important task just right for him.

The second book I read was a comic book style picture book by author/illustrator Surgio Ruzzier titled The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories and is one of several in his Fox and Chick series. The book contains three short stories about Fox and Chick, and we see from each story how friends who are different can compliment each other. Fox and Chick are perfect examples for children of how good friends will encourage each other to make good choices like not eating the entire chocolate cake or overlooking faults and rearranging plans when things don't quite work out.

I hope you enjoyed a brief glimpse into my week as well as my foray into the kidlit world. I also hope to see you here again next Monday.

Wishes for a week full of wonder!


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